BRAC List Out: Tish Named

5-13-05 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) None of Oklahoma's major military bases are on the Pentagon's list of bases recommended for closing or alignment.

Some will even be expanding and Senator Jim Inhofe says the news could not be better for the Sooner state.

Oklahoma has five major military installations: Tinker, Altus and Vance Air Force Bases, Fort Sill and the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant. The bases have an estimated economic impact of four-point-eight billion dollars and provide more than 55-thousand military and civilian jobs.

The realignment includes additional responsibilities for some Oklahoma installations, including 35-hundred additional people at Fort Sill, 400 more at Tinker and an increase of 100 at Vance.

Some smaller Oklahoma facilities are to be marked for closure, including reserve centers in Broken Arrow, Muskogee, Tishomingo, Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City.

The Base Realignment and Closure Commission will review the Pentagon list and send its own recommendations to President Bush.

Inhofe says there is little chance the commission would put a base on its list if the base is not on today's list because it would take seven of the nine members to put a base on the list.

The Pentagon today proposed the shutdown of four major Texas military installations and several smaller ones. Naval Station Ingleside near Corpus Christi and Brooks City Base in San Antonio head the list of proposed closings.

Also proposed are Texarkana's Lone Star Army Ammo Plant and the Red River Army Depot.

The president must issue a list to Congress by September 23rd and Congress will have45 days to reject it or it becomes official.